The BOAT LICENSE for COMMAND AND DRIVING OF LEISURE BOATS is obtained by passing the theoretical and practical exams.
Our accredited instructors will accompany you on this course with the aim of passing the theory (chart work and quiz) and practical (direction and command) exams.
The lessons are spread over a period of time to allow you to absorb every topic covered during the classes twice a week at Le Grazie in Portovenere (SP).
At the end of the course, the theoretical exam will take place at our VelaGiovane base in Le Grazie or at the harbourmaster’s office in La Spezia, while the practical exam for sailing and command will take place in the gulf of La Spezia on board one of our 29-50ft sailboats or a motorboat: the Gobbi pilot boat, 6 metres with 100hp outboard engine, or the 7.5 metre Saver 25 with 120hp inboard engine.
The LICENSE FOR QUALIFIED COMMANDER OF LEISURE BOATS is necessary to drive the following:
-Over 6 miles but less than 12 miles from the coast “License for sail and motorboats up to 12 miles”
-Without any distance limit “License for sail and motorboats without limit”
-With engine power above 30kW (equivalent to 40.8 horsepower)
-With an engine less than 40.8hp if engine size is over 750cc and is two-stroke, if above 1000cc and a four-stroke outboard, if over 1300cc with direct injection and a four-stroke inboard or if over 2000cc, or with a diesel engine.
-Motorboat for water-skiing
Within 12 miles of the coast:
-Theory and structure of the boat, propellers and wheel, internal combustion engine, autonomy and power
-Equipment on board, regular checks
-Maritime accidents, leaks, fire, man overboard, crew safety
-Preventative measure on board, headlights, river navigation. inshore navigation
-Geographical coordinates, navigational charts, compass rose, compass bearings
-Coastal navigation, ship position, route, drift, leeway
-Instruments, chip log and echo sounder
-Nautical publications, pilot book, list of lighthouses and lights
-Laws and regulations on leisure boating
Extension without distance limits:
-Buoyancy and stability
-Meteorology, instruments and reading weather charts
-Terrestrial magnetism, declination, deviation
-Orthodromy and rhumb lines
-Astronomy, sextants and epheremides
-Navigation with a current, leeway, tides
-Radioelectric devices, radio communication, satellites, time zones
-Nautical publications, location norms
Basic with limit of 12 nautical miles:
From 20 hours of technical instruction with training on the harbourmaster’s official quizzes with correction and explanation in the classroom, and basic coastal chart work and practical exercises.
Simulation theory and practical exams (Content A)
Without distance limit:
From 50 hours of technical instruction with training on the harbourmaster’s official quizzes with correction and explanation in the classroom, and chart work without limits, and practical exercises. Simulation theory and practical exams. (Content A + B)
Extension from 12 mile limit from the coast to no limit
From 30 hours of technical instruction with training on the harbourmaster’s official quizzes with correction and explanation in the classroom, and chart work without limits. Simulation exam. (Content B)
Extension from motorboat to sail
Practical exercises only, simulated exam on sailing and command
With a minimum of six participants we will have intensive theoretical and practical courses at the weekend with the possibility of staying aboard out boats. For those who can’t manage to complete the course or who would prefer private instruction, Velagiovane can organise a completely personalised course.
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